No Boundary IPA - High Water Brewing

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No Boundary IPANo Boundary IPA

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaveHS on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Rizalini:
Photo of Rizalini
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan color head. Very nice, tight lacing appears as I sip.

S - Has some nice tropical & citrus fruit aromas. Pineapple, mango and some citrusy lemon notes as well. Nothing overwhelming, just complimentary to the nice caramel grain bill.

T/M - The front of the taste yeilds the slightly sweet caramel malts at first, then really opens up to the mango and pineapple hop profile. No lingering hop resin in the aftertaste tho. Medium mouthfeel and a rather pleasant under carbonated mouthfeel.

O - I was very plesantly surprised by this beer. Really good flavor profile, very easy to drink and reasonably priced. I would more than likely buy this beer again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is your hop-forward, malt almost non-existent IPA.

Super Grassy, very piney, very bitter.

A - Good. Very active and copper, decent head retention in a Guiness perfect pint glass

S - Tons of pine resin - some Grapefruit and white pepper, grassy.

T - Metallic Grapefruit in flavor with a ton of Dry / Bitter pine in the finish. I keep getting a hint of metaliic taste with the hops but it's faint - goes away completely when the beer warms up. Sourish bitter grapefruit (not like a sour) dominates as it warms, finished very bitter and white peppery. Again, this one is very piney. This beer is MUCH better warmed up some than cold. This one is all about the pine and grass especially when cold...the citrus and grapefruit component does not make itself known until it warms.

M - Could use a wee bit more malt which is un-like me to say. Not much of a body to this beer. I like the mouthfeel of Hop Riot better than this one although I do like the Grapefruit in this one that Hop Riot is missing...

O - Solid beer, would be more than happy to have again but I won't be buying more with my dinero especially at $7.99. Not because I'm on a budget by any means but because there are so many other great readily available IPAs on the market at a better value. A 3.5 beer in taste cold - a 4.0 when it warms up. Noticeable difference.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bbothen....

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Head settles in nicely a depth of one thumb, great head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrus notes

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit & some pineapple also showing up front, some sweet grainy bread as well. Grapefruit & pineyness battle for supremacy as this warms, some pineapple, & faint apricot lurk in the background, along some husky grainy notes just a bit of honey malt sweetness. Finishes with pineyness, woody hops, & grapefruit & a bit of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty nice balance

Very drinkable IPA with no major drawbacks, worthy up purchase consideration

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended as a stand-in for Drake's Aroma Coma, which has disappeared from shelves. Bomber served in a stemless wine glass.

Fully saturated glowing orange, a thin skim and dense ring of foam around the edges. Foam recedes quickly, and there's not much to begin with.

Tangerine, pineapple, citrus, sweet fruity smells like the produce section of the supermarket. All around hop bomb that delivers the west coast goods.

Bracingly bitter, well hopped and fresh with plenty of lush green hoppage. Sweet citrus, tangerine and oranges. Ample pale malt in the middle with a touch of toasted popcorn kernels. Lingering grassy bitterness, resiny and dry. Overall very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of nataku00
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear orange/copper color with a finger of soapy off white head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing, to a thin foamy collar and a patch of bubbles. A bit of fine carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet white grapes, light floral hops, and some light lemon notes. Quite a bit of biscuit and caramel like malts in this one. Aromas are very weak for a beer that was released two weeks ago.

Taking a sip, really different tasting IPA. Some light white grape sweetness and floral hops, then the malt backbone hits the tongue, biscuit, grains, and caramel. Near the back of the tongue, some massive bitterness shows up, herbal and grassy hops. Finish is very bitter, lingering grassy flavors on the tongue.

Light to medium body with a good amount of small prickly carbonation. Very grassy bitter beer though, and slightly unpleasant due to how the grassy hop flavor masks the lighter floral and fruity hop flavors. I like bitter IPA's, but not this grassy herbal flavor.

Had high hopes for this one since there was some Nelson Sauvin used in it, but it seems the balance of flavor and aromatic hops with the bittering hops was way off on this one.

Photo of MrStickboy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 oz. bottle purchased from the cold box at City Beer in San Francisco.

Poured into a Spiegelau lager glass

A: Very nice copper color with a nice amount of carbonation. Lacing is apparent. This beer knows how to look good in glass!

S: Whoa! Big piney aromas jumping out of the glass. Very herbal character.

T: A ton of hop character. The hoppiness of this beer walks all over the malt profile. This is A-O-K with me. Lingering bitterness .

M: This beer is big. The bitterness creates a harsh mouthfeel, however, if hop character is what you like, the bitterness will satisfy.

O: This is a great IPA... Has west coast IPA quality, but it is unique. This beer goes all-piney and herbal on you. I can't find the traditional citrus that has become synonymous with the west coast IPA.

Photo of DaveHS
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours light amber with 1/2 inch of off white head.

S-Fantastic lemony aromas meld effortlessly with citric hops and Belgian yeast. Mouth watering stuff.

T/M-Very dry, with a tannic hop dryness that spreads over the palate. The lemon verbena and Belgian yeast add so much to what would already be an accomplished IPA, without distracting from the dry, bitter hoppiness. There's a wave of earthy, bready maltiness to cut the intensity of the bittering hops just before it thins out to the finish. Touch of black pepper on the back end.

O-Beautiful stuff. I hope High Water makes this part of its regular line-up.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Toronado

Pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a finger of white head. Initially a solid aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. Becomes sort of grassy at it sits, though. Similar story on the palate. Up front, a good grapefruit, pine, and floral hop bite, but dies down to just sort of grassy and a citric acidity. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of PerHops
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S- Bottle and Draft.

A- Looks like your standard IPA, almost a little bit light in color.

S- A big tropical fruit hit with passion fruit and nice citrus and piny undertones. Smells gloriously fresh and hoppy.

T- Incredible. Pineapple, mango, oranges, banana, pepper, followed by a very long increasingly if pleasantly bitter finish. Unbelievably good every time I've tried it. Both on draft and in the bottle this is exceptional.

M- Very high carbonation fits perfectly with the complexity of flavors and in fact helps them develop.

O- I haven't been overly impressed by either IPA I have tried from this brewer prior to this. They are both solid offerings, but this is in a different league. Job well done.

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and somewhat hazy gold color with a pretty nice off white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are of grapefruits, light spices, mineral water, and ground up aspirin.

Taste is bitter, with some lemon, grassy, kind of tart, and pretty dry up front. Light creaminess, some crystal malt sweetness, and some graininess, and a finish of tart and bitter grapefruit.

Light mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, about right for the style.

Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Certainly bitter, maybe a bit unbalanced too. I like it, but I've had quite a few that are better and cost a buck or so cheaper.

Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Batch 2. Released 02/09/12. Served in a Pinot Noir wine glass.

Pours a very hazy dark gold with a small off-white head. Bubbles are big and loose. Small amounts of lacing left behind in glass.

Aroma is very unique for an IPA. Pineapple is dominant with Tangelo citrus almost as strong. Mild funky Belgian yeast in the background. Some peppery spice. Complex and intriguing.

Flavor is medium-dry with all the citrus notes from the nose present, but subtle. A very small touch of sweetness in the middle and things dry up again for a mild bitter finish. Tastes a lot more like a Belgian IPA than the aroma let on.

A medium body with medium-light carbonation. Still, there is some crispness and an overall nice feel.

Definitely *not* a west-coast IPA, but that is not a criticism. A unique spin on the style and quite enjoyable.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle via Letspour.
Poured in a Chimay glass.
Pours a semi-cloudy gold...modest head with lace.
Initial aroma of a fresh fruit tart, apricot, apple, kiwi, sugar cane...refreshing.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of straw hops, white grapefruit rind, slight chalk, poblano pepper juice. Overall bold and full bodied but not my favorite IPA profile but worthy of a pint or more.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is off on this one.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orange with a large off-white head. The head disappears pretty quick leaving splotches of lace behind.

Dry pear and grapefruit dominate the smell, slight mineral essence at the finish.

A nice malt start is quickly assaulted by citrus hops, earth and a mineral bitterness. Simple and tasty. A little thin going down, but still good.

I'd grab another for sure. A very interesting IPA.

Photo of elNopalero
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, this is a nice one. Pours a golden straw color with a generous layer of foam. There’s a hoppy, dank aroma to it. “Danke,” perhaps, as a thank you to the brewers. Flavor reminds me of green onions and garlic shoots. It’s crisp and grassy, in a vegetal way, which is different for me and unexpectedly enjoyable.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with a trace of chill haze and a thin, white head. A partial skim coat remains for the duration as well as some smeared lacing.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit and dank hops. Peaches, tangerine, mango, apricot, and kind-bud. Luscious but not leaping from the glass.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Exotic fruit and a firm bitterness start the palate. Ripe and jammy with mango, apricots, peach fuzz, and pink grapefruit. Light malt and a drying bitterness follow through.

Finishes with tropical citrus and a lingering bitterness.

Tasty brew and pretty fresh, the blend of tropicals and lack of pine and excessive grapefruit keeps the beer interesting.

Photo of cetherid
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A relatively clear, light golden color with about a fingers worth of white bubbly head. Dissipates down to a thin filming leaving some slight lacing.


First thing I notice is a relatively big yeast smell...almost belgium yeast like, before moving onto some more traditional smells like resin, a little citrus rind and a hint of pot. As the beer warms up more the resiny hops starts to come out more.


Hops really dominate in the taste. A big punch of bitterness right up front. Notes of grass, citrus rind, some pine along with some spicy yeast and slightly sweet biscuity malts. The bitterness comes out again right in the finish giving a fairly dry finish.


about medium bodied with good carbonation. A little oily feel on the lips and pretty dry.


This beer drinks more like a DIPA than an IPA. Anyone who likes very hoppy/bitter beers would enjoy this. A glass is enough but a bomber might be too much.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this one.

A - Golden amber with a thin white head leaving a few streaks of lace down the side of the glass.

S - Dank hops, lemon zest, pine, grapefruit with some caramel hiding in the background.

T - Quite bitter, somewhat like chewing on orange and grapefruit rinds. Light pale malt in the background with more resiny, grassy hops and a lingering pine note.

M - Light and watery like with some bitter hop astringency.

D - Enjoyable. Wonderful aroma but the hop bitterness catches up with you on this one.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus, tropical, grassy, and lightly spicy hops with some good pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. There is also some sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple hop flavor with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, some lemon and spicy hops come through with some grassy flavor and more bitterness and a bit more sweet caramel malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malt, citrus and tropical hop, some light spicy hop character, and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hoppy American IPA. The hop profile is rally nice and complex and has just the right level of bitterness as well.

Photo of rstone57
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass at Friday beer tastings at the Jug Shop.

Pours golden and cloudy with a fingers thick head and minimal lacing.

Smell is earthy, woods, pine and hops.

Taste is pine and super dry.

Overall this IPA is a little dry for my liking.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Two finger rocky eggshell colored head sits a top an orange/golden body. Body is somewhat hazy.

Nose sports notes of apricot, honey drenched biscuits, pears, mango, fruity spice, and a bit of dill.

Taste is much more earthy, grassy, and herbal than the nose. Dill, lemongrass, fresh cut grass, hints of melons, yeasty spiciness. The finish is earth, pine, white pepper, and resin.

Medium bodied, hefty carbonic acid bite, creamy and smooth. Quite bitter and resinous, a tad spicey as well. Finish is exceptionally dry.

I could have done with less than a bomber. I want to say there are a lot of sorachi ace hops in here, I get a lot of that dill presence those hops tend to exhibit. Becomes overwhelming after awhile.

Photo of lionchow
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a thin white head.

Aroma - Big piney hops in the aroma, touch of grapefruit and marijuana skunkiness.

Flavor - Med to high bitterness level for an American IPA - very piney with a bit of earthiness, and a light skunkiness again. Slight touch of honey malt behind the hops.

Mouthfeel is light, some astringency from the hop level.

Overall a big aromatic IPA. Not my cup of tea, but good for the style.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium amber with a mild off-white head, good retention, solid lace per the style.

S: Lemon zest, pine, hint of pot. Hop oriented even though the colour is darker than one tends to see on the West Coast.

T: Lots of citrusy hop flavour, lemon and grapefruit. Hints of orange and pine needles. Light malt character. Good balance.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, medium long aftertaste, solid here.

O: A good well made IPA. Why this costs $9 a bomber is beyond me, on-tap at $5/pint, I'm liking it.

Photo of MacQ32
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold with over a finger of voluminous light tan dense head. Fantastic lacing and retention. Looks fantastic!

S - Lots of sweet citrusy orange and pear type flavors. Nice slightly bready malt backbone. Sweet fruits more than anything

T - Nice dry bitterness, slightly bland, grassy herbal flavors kick in. Mild malt presence and a rather bitter aftertaste. I've had this for ~2 months :/. Plus it was acquired in a trade.. probably a little past its prime. its decent but has potential to be a little more i think. Will re-review when I get another one of these!

M - Lightish bodied, pretty decent carbonation. Rather drinkable

O - The citrusy/fruity flavors seemed to have possibly gone awry. Still a nice dry bitterness but the sweetness is really lacking, I think due to the age of the brew. I would welcome trying this one again, a slightly fresher batch could yield much better results

Photo of Philousa
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a thin white head that clings to the glass in wispy strings. A healthy dose of pine with honey biscuit, some lemon, and a bit of grapefruit. Darker malt comes out as it warms, like white bread crust. Flavor is mild compared to the aroma. Starts with wonder bread, moves to pine and a hint of soap on its way to earthy and piney bitterness. The bitterness is intense and reminiscent of a penny in your mouth. The feel is middling and finish balanced.

Decent IPA, but give me Hop Riot any day.

No Boundary IPA from High Water Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.